Lizard People, Dear Readers

The science fiction and fantasy podcast for lizard people, by lizard people. Odd episodes are devoted to non-book-form genre fiction, movies, TV shows, music, and games; even episodes are book club discussions.
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Jun 2, 2016

It's time to discuss The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu's Hugo-Award-winning novel about bodies, problems, orbital mechanics, human collaborators to alien invaders, and the evil version of The Last Starfighter. Among other things. In this episode, we apologize to Ken Liu (who is definitely listening) and mangle some Mandarin names despite an excellent pronunciation guide by Mo of Mo's Reads.

This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening.

The book for Episode 00018 is The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin, which is nominated for this year's Hugo Award for Best Novel.

As always, you can write to us at, tweet to us at @DRLizardPeople, or purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

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Apr 13, 2016

It's our first episode with a guest host! We're joined by virtual reality talk show host Will Smith to discuss Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson. 

What's Aurora, you ask? Well, you should probably read the book before you listen to the episode, but it's a touching tale of generation ships, systems ecology, island biodiversity, emergent AI, and what happens when you throw a bunch of people into a sealed tube for 140 years.

This is the kind of book that should be right up our metaphorical alleys, since most of us have a deep love of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series and all of us are into spaceships.

Check out Will's virtual reality talk show, FOO TV, and follow him on twitter at @willsmith

As always, you can reach us at or tweet to us at @DRLizardPeople

Episode 00016's book won the 2015 Hugo Award for best novel. It's The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu! Get excited!

Nov 16, 2015

It’s another episode from the vault! The Lizard People discuss Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis saga (also known as the Lililth’s Brood series), consisting of Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago.

Xenogenesis is a wild, weird tale about aliens, gender, and survival, sparking a lot of deep conversation by the Lizard People who are certainly still human and not at all reptilians from another planet. As always, the discussion is majorly spoilerific, so do try to read along before you listen to the podcast.

As a reminder, after next session’s Culture Club episode, the Lizard People will be covering Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora, so get ready by getting it read.

Check us out on twitter @DRLizardPeople, email us at and feel free to wake Peter up if he is sleeping, he won’t mind.


Oct 14, 2015

This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening. Or do what Nathan did and give up a third of the way through. Why did he do that? Listen and find out! It's probably not what you think (it's exactly what you think)!

Episode 00012 will be Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, all about space and stuff. Fun!

If you have any questions for lizards, people, or Lizard People, email us at or tweet us up on the twitters at @DRLizardPeople

Jul 27, 2015

Nathan, Peter and George discuss Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This multiple award-winning book details a one-time spaceship’s quest for revenge, while exploring themes of gender, empire and consciousness. The episode contains extensive spoilers, so please think about reading the book before you give the ol’ podcast a listen. Come for the podcast, stay for the rehashing of the classic Enterprise versus Death Star debate.


The book for Episode 00010 has been announced and it is The Grace Of Kings by Ken Liu.



As always, if you have any thoughts, questions, hopes, dreams, fears, anxieties, or personalities, please write us at, tweet us at @DRLizardPeople or throw a paper airplane at Peter’s big noggin. 

Jun 18, 2015

We discuss THE PERIPHERAL, by William Gibson. Flynne Fisher witnesses a murder during what she thinks is a straightforward security detail in a video game. Present and past touch each other in weird ways as she hunts for the killer, and vice versa.


This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening.


As always, you can write to us at, tweet to us at @DRLizardPeople, or write your questions on the underside of your desk on a Monday morning.

May 28, 2015

[Due to unforeseen circumstances, our discussion of William Gibson's THE PERIPHERAL has been delayed. Instead, we bring you this previously recorded episode, from the Before Times]


Peter, George, and Nathan discuss The Martian, by Andy Weir. An astronaut is stranded alone on Mars. With some potatoes. CAN HE SURVIVE?! MAYBE!

This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening. Or you could wait until the movie (starring Matt Damon!) comes out, but maybe they'll change a bunch of stuff, who knows.

Episode 00006's book will be THE PERIPHERAL, by William Gibson.

As always, you can write to us at

Apr 15, 2015

Peter, George, and Nathan discuss Laline Paull's award-winning 2014 novel THE BEES, a coming-of-age novel about a worker bee named Flora 717. Go read it; we'll wait.

This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening. Or, since studies show that spoilers don't decrease the enjoyment we get from media, read the book after listening to the episode. You could do both at once but it'd probably get confusing.

Episode 00004's book will be THE PERIPHERAL, by William Gibson, if you'd like to get a head start.

If you have questions or comments for the LIzard People about The Bees, The Peripheral, or anything we've discussed so far, you can email us at or send it to our Ask box on our Tumblr, which is